Cash in the attic: Star Wars figures

Star Wars is one of the most succesful film franchises of all time. And with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in cinemas this December and more being written, now could be the time to cash in on your Darth Vader collection.

The most valuable and desirable Star Wars figures are 'carded'

The most valuable and desirable Star Wars figures are 'carded', so still sealed in their packaging. As well as the figure, the card's condition counts towards value. This is especially true of the more modern figures, where the presence of the small card tag that fills the shop display hole at the top of the card is necessary if a carded figure is to be considered truly 'mint'. 

Also pay attention to the card itself. The earliest have 12 figures on the back and are known as '12 backs'. This 1983 Return of the Jedi tri-logo Chewbacca action figure by Palitoy has a 70-figure card back in excellent-plus to near-mint condition and so is valued at £150-£250.

It's a fact: The earliest, rarest and most sought-after Jawa figures had plastic capes, rather than the fabric ones worn by later, less valuable Jawas.

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